By Charles Von Westerly (published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing)
Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction, which may immediately have you wondering why a book about it is featured in a magazine about watches. Actually, the two worlds overlap: steampunk is focused around the idea of technology and aesthetic designs of 19th century industrial steam-powered machinery – it’s Victorian England or the American Wild Wild West re-cast in maybe a post-apocalyptic future, or an alternative past. As such, steampunk fans tend to have a fascination with all things mechanical, watches included. But, more than that, the aesthetic is one that – although few people can name it –has trickled into watch design too, by the likes of Romain Jerome and DeWitt, for instance, and even outright shaping brands the likes of Retrowerk and Devon. It’s a sub-culture you need to know about. Charles Von Westerly – a steampunk name if ever there was one – is your guide.